ARTISTS from the West Berkshire and North Hampshire area will once again show what they create and how they work as part of Open Studios.
This year’s event runs from May 3- 26, and showcases an incredible range of art including ceramics, collage, design, drawing, edible art, film, glass, illustration, jewellery, mixed media, mosaics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, silk painting, textile and wood. Much of the work will be available for purchase.
The INSIGHT 2014 Open Studios flagship exhibition at New Greenham Arts features work from all of the 100 artists taking part in the scheme and is a unique and free taster of what is on offer in artists' studios.
In addition to the studio openings, there will be free hands-on workshops and satellite exhibitions at local venues.
Full details are in the full colour Directory of Artists, which is available from various locations in Newbury.
Alternatively all the information is online at open-studios.org.uk.
Local artists taking part
Lin Obsorn from Old Basing: “By using the light reflected from a number of coloured blocks, I create a changing piece of work. As the light changes throughout the day the colours merge into one another giving the appearance of light and movement within the piece.”
Mark Ripley from Bramley: “My work has evolved through 30 years or so of professional practice into a distinctive and restrained interpretation of English vernacular furniture. Chairs are a particular passion. All my work is made in sustainably sourced temperate hardwoods.”
Tadley Art Studio: Elinor Cooper and Adeliza Mole
Elinor Cooper said: “My interests are varied, I use different methods to create my art. My influences come from folklore and comics. I enjoy mixing darker themes from tales into drawings and photographs of the world around me. I like to draw out the positive and negative side of life. My disability dictates how I work. As my drawing is shaky, I like to keep all the lines I have drawn and re draw over lines which creates a unique effect.”
Adeliza Mole added: “I record the intricacies and vibrancy of nature, capturing aspects of the countryside and creation as if it could vanish. Inspired by local common land, woodland and horses moving through the landscape. I find perfections in structures, environment, colour and people. I search to devise intimate schemes, letting the paints movement on the surface dictate at times, and do not control all brushstrokes.”
Painter Caroline Brown from Basingstoke and ceramicist Teresa Munn from Woolton Hill are showing their work in potter Sally Courage's studio in Whitway, Newbury.
Caroline's drawings and paintings capture the essence of local trees and landscapes.
The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays to May 25, plus Friday May 9 and 16, 11am to 5pm. There are demonstrations and 'have a go' sessions of drawing or clay sculpting.